7 TIPS FOR TRAVELING WITH A TODDLER

We’ve traveled quite a bit with Elle in her 14 months of life so today I wanted to share a few tips that have helped get us through the entire airport process with ease. Let’s face it, even without kids traveling can be extremely stressful so adding a little toddler to the mix can really amp up the pressure. As Elle has gotten older, her needs have shifted so we have tweaked our process a bit.

I’m a person who always likes to be prepared and plan for the unthinkable. For example, on our most recent trip our flight was delayed at least an hour both going and coming home…thanks American Airlines. I also try to be a minimalist {I hate carrying lots of stuff} and only try to bring things we absolutely need. Today I’m sharing 7 tips that I think are extremely helpful when it comes to traveling with a toddler.

1. PACK LOTS OF SNACKS

When in doubt, break out the snacks. Make sure to have your child’s favorite foods onboard as well as water {don’t forget their sip cup!} and milk if necessary. We brought a wide variety of options so that Elle was never hungry. In our most recent flight we were delayed 1.5 hours going and an hour on the way home, but we were prepared with lots of food choices so Elle was content.

2. BRING NEW TOYS

My sister as well as a lot of mom friends gave this suggestion and it worked out well. They suggested bringing all new toys and books for the airplane. Make sure to wrap them up in wrapping paper too, which will also easily add to the entertainment. You can find fun little items at the dollar store or dollar section of Target. We brought along a coloring book, stickers, finger puppets, as well as a few new books which were all winners in the entertaining department. You can see some of Elle’s favorite books in this post.

3. STOCK THAT DIAPER BAG

There are a few necessities that we always make sure to have on flights. Lots of diapers are a must, as well as wipes because I always disinfect all areas as soon as we get to our seats. I’m a little neurotic, but airplanes are filled with germs so ya know. We also bring an extra pair of clothes, extra pacifiers, a pacifier clip, and a few disposable changing pads. Each child is different and has different needs, so make sure to pack what you think your toddler needs.

4. DON’T BE AFRAID TO BREAK OUT THE ELECTRONICS

On our most recent flight we were lucky enough to have individual televisions in front of each seat. There were lots of kid friendly movies, television shows, and even a whole Disney section to keep Elle occupied. She actually had more fun working the touch screen than actually watching the shows. We also both had our laptops onboard as back up and a lot of my friends swear by iPads, but we aren’t there yet.

5. DRESS THE PART

I always like to be super comfortable for travel days and like to make sure Elle is too. We follow the dress code of comfy casual. I usually like to wear sneakers, black leggings, and a cute sweatshirt. For Elle, I dressed her in a cozy sweatsuit with lots of layers incase she got cold or hot. Also don’t forget a change of clothing for both your toddler as well as yourself. Anything could happen, so it’s best to be prepared.

6. EVERYTHING NEEDS A BAG

You are allowed to check your carseat and stroller for free which is great, but make sure you get a bag for both. The airlines really don’t care about your stuff and everything can easily get messed up {even if you gate check it}. We made sure to invest in a bag for everything. They really help keep our gear from getting scratched up and ruined. When Elle was a baby we had the Nuna Pipa Infant Car Seat and had this universal travel bag for it. We now have the Chicco NextFit Convertible Car Seat and have this travel bag for it. We also have a travel bag for our travel stroller, but I will get more into that with #7.

7. GET A GREAT TRAVEL STROLLER

I cannot say enough amazing things about how much we love our new Babyzen YOYO Stroller. It’s perfect for traveling and made our trip so much easier. The YOYO is super lightweight and can even fold up and be stored in the overhead compartment on a plane so you don’t even have to worry about gate checking it.

The YOYO comes in a variety of different colors, but of course we went with pink because it happens to be Elle’s favorite color. We also got the matching travel bag which helps with easy storage and because as I said above, all baby and toddler equipment should have it’s own bag. The stroller does come with a bag FYI, but this one is a bit sturdier and fits under the stroller when not in use.

I want to disclose that I was gifted this stroller by the company, but still believe that it’s the best one currently on the market. We previously had a bulkier travel stroller because we weren’t interested in bringing our Uppa Baby Vista on airplanes or even in the car for that matter. It’s an amazing stroller, but way too heavy to travel with.

All airlines have different weight restrictions for gate checking strollers and I just didn’t need the added stress. The Babyzen YOYO Stroller has been life changing and has really helped our airport experience run smoothly. Also, most importantly Elle loves it too!

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So there you have it! 7 easy tips to follow when traveling with a toddler. Hopefully these are helpful in easing the stress and getting you closer to your fun vacation! Also, you can find other informative posts on motherhood here.

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